Wildfire smoke chokes Kelowna

It's been a hellish weekend if you suffer from breathing problems. 

Wildfire smoke was thick on Saturday in Kelowna - and after easing a little because of gusty winds Saturday night - it managed to get even heavier on Sunday.

The BC Air Quality Health Index is off the chart at 10-plus - or a very high health risk.

People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

Health officials advise to stay inside if you have breathing difficulties - find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.

For general information about wildfire smoke and your health, contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

The smoke is expected to disappear somewhat for the start of the work week. The Air Quality Health Index is forecast to be a 4 - or moderate for Monday.